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Upcoming Conference: Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life, Sweden, June 2019

Next summer (10-13 June) in Tällberg, Sweden, the Nordic Astrobiology Network, Stockholm University, Lund University, and the European Astrobiology Campus are holding a conference on “Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life“. Topics covered by the conference will include the role of impacts in the early history of the Solar System, the characterization of impactors (asteroids, meteorites, comets, etc.) and impact sites, the role impacts could have played in the emergence and evolution of life, and possible threats to […]

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AstroBioCon – Pune, India, 15-16 December!

BMSIS is proud to be a co-sponsor of the upcoming International Conference on Astrobiology (AstroBioCon) in Pune, India, December 15th through 16th, 2018. This two day conference will be a platform for interaction between international speakers, researchers, and academics working in astrobiology. Conference sessions and themes will include general astrobiology, astrochemistry, astrobiology education and outreach, extreme environments, and astrophysical research. The final session of the conference will focus on the development of an Astrobiology India Road Map. Interested individuals can […]

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NASA’s Frontier Development Lab: Tackling humanity’s biggest challenges with Artificial Intelligence

For the third time since 2016, machine learning experts and space scientists will spend the summer in Silicon Valley working on some of NASA’s most important present day challenges as the part of the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL). The 8 week long program, which takes place at the SETI Institute, will consider issues ranging from predicting solar storms to finding evidence of life beyond Earth. BMSIS Scientist and Founder of the The Explainables, Daniel Angerhausen, is an FDL science […]

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Ethics: A Trip to Space

Grishma Gupte shares her ethics & society case study, which she completed as part of our Young Scientist Program. Aristotle the legendary Greek philosopher said, “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.” Although, humans are known as social “animals”, yet we consider ourselves to be superior to other animals. With our highly developed cortex, we demonstrate […]

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Outreach: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Astronomy

BMSIS Young Scientist Sumeet Kulkami gave a talk at the British Council’s “Cafe Scientifique.” Read his reflections below. I started with a brief history of the development of Artificial intelligence, and highlighted the difference in how a regular computer algorithm works as opposed to a machine learning algorithm, using the popular Towers of Hanoi toy. I also talked about how the development of computing power and AI was best reflected in how they conquered two games: chess and GO respectively. […]

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